Cape Town - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says that
Alex Iwobi can expect a fine for attending a party less than 48 hours before
their FA Cup clash with Nottingham Forest on Sunday.
The 21-year-old winger played the entire
game at the City Ground as the defending champions were knocked out of the
competition at the first hurdle following a 4-2 defeat in the third round.
Iwobi had been pictured at a social
gathering in London over the weekend, with reports claiming he been out until
the early hours of Sunday morning.
Wenger, however, quashed the rumours by
insisting that the matchday squad had been at a hotel on Saturday, although he
labelled the Nigeria international's actions as 'unacceptable'.
"He will be fined," the Frenchman
declared. "It was not the night before the game, it was 48 hours before the
"The night before the game we were in
a hotel, but it's not acceptable, I will have to speak to him about that.
"First of all, you have to be cautious
with all the news coming out. When you read what is reported it is like he has
taken drugs. I don't think he is involved in that at all.
"He has been out at a party, how long
has he stayed? That is of course very important. After that, I will decide what
"If your neighbour takes drugs what
can you do about it? You are not responsible for the behaviour of your